Skip to comments.So You Really Think Soccer Blows?
Posted on 06/09/2006 8:56:48 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
So you Think Soccer Sucks?
Fine. I am honestly surprised that you could find the energy to type it, or its equivalent. I am not surprised that you are probably the same person complaining that soccer is being rammed down your throat, or other such nonsense.
Do you realize how silly you sound? In what sort of universe can a professional sport, any professional sport, be forced upon anyone? Just turn off the sports media. That enough should be understandable to every member of this website, even the re-treads, trolls, disruptors, and shills.
But we need to get a few things straight. Above all else, your team is playing in the largest tournament on the face of our planet. Thats right, your team. Your other teams, be they named Penske, Padres, or Packers, do not perform on such a stage. A Packer fan may tell a Bear fan that his team sucks. The Bear fan will reply in kind. Such is the nature of rivalry. But try and explain to me that soccer is a wussy sport when I see the following:
Mexican fan: Your team sucks.Oh yeah, thats real testosterone on display. Chicks dig a competitor.
U.S.A. fan: Soccer is ghey.
If you cannot bring yourself to cheer for or even defend your own country, then how about shutting the heck up. If you cannot bring yourself to shut the heck up, then walk into a stadium full of English, German, or Dutch fans, stand up, and shout the same out loud. But please try those fans first. Other countries fans may mistakenly deliver you to a painless death. Drink a beer or two if it makes you brave. Remember that there will always be someone braver than you.
I dont want to hear about how soccer is a socialist sport. Its insulting. To your intelligence. I dont care to talk about restrictor-plates, revenue-sharing, anti-trust exemptions, or the Fair Catch Rule, whose very name suggests wine spritzers and flower arrangements. Please understand this is not about the superiority of one sport over another. This is about rising to the pinnacle of a sport that gives every country in the world the opportunity to qualify. Its a sport. It has a ball. It's about being the best. What more do you need?
Americans love to fight - traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble player; the fastest runner; the big league ball players; the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win - all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed.1I dont want to hear that the rules are lame. You dont know the rules. You all but admitted you dont watch, so how can you? Injury time, the calculation of which was always the source of debate, is now announced at the sideline as the half is ending. Its been that way for years. Please try and keep up.
Players take dives. Live with it. It happens in every contact sport. Sometimes a player takes a dive in order to give himself or his teammates a rest. You would also if you just spent the last forty minutes and incalculable miles alternating between a run and a sprint.
Your team needs you. Your country needs you. The next couple weeks will not be easy and will only become harder, and the stakes higher, as time goes on. Sure, I think Landon Donavan is a priss, DaMarcus Beasley is over-rated, and Claudio Reyna is too old. It matters not. I do not expect you to start drinking at 5AM. I do not expect you to march down Main Street with the Stars & Stripes. I do not expect four Chicago cops in riot-gear come to the apartment (my personal best). But I expect you to get behind your team or get out of my way.
Thanks for letting me share. Thanks for letting me emote. Chuckle if you wish. Just remember that somewhere (not necessarily in Germany) someone in American gear is drinking and dancing with a hot Brazilian, or Swedish, or Australian chick and you are not.
1George S. Patton, Speech to the Third Army, 1944.
well once he explained he was the decoy, the flakcatcher for the WorldCup threads, i got the picture ; )
haha. Just read that. That works too :)
Soccer is such a happy sport....
It's a tremendous sport..and the conditioning of the players is remarkable..I first got turned onto the game when I was posted to Spain in the late 60's..a girlfriend took me to a Real Madrid game..some 70,000 is the stands going nuts...in the late 70's back in N..I got to see Pele and Beckenbauer play for the Cosmos at Giants Stadium..amazing..Franz was the best I ever saw..
It certainly can be, especially if it points out a reason for the existence of the thread. ;^)
I don't hate soccer but I am not a fanatic either. You could count on one hand the number of games I have watched more than a minute of in the past 4 years. I will watch some games in this World Cup like I have done in the past and likely the semis and final. I will watch as long as the games hold my interest and in the multi channeled universe we have flip when they don't. I will give the games I watch a chance. My picks for the final would be Germany and Brazil unless they meet earlier.
btw every single game in the tournament is being shown on cable in High Definition up here in Canada so that helps.
You might want to reconsider.
When I see American kids playing soccer, I see kids who, if not for soccer, would be playing baseball. I see kids who, if not for soccer, would have become tommorrow's high school, college, and professional baseball players.
That's why I HATE soccer.
So a kid prefers one sport over another. Big deal. Who knows if that "kid" would even be good at baseball?
I dont understand the point of your post.
Quite often, the kid has little if any say in it. Those who do have little or no experience to go on. After all, they're kids.
Who knows if that "kid" would even be good at baseball?
That's precisely the point. We'll never know. If soccer wasn't an option, he'd be playing baseball.
You could always look at like this...every kid who is playing baseball is missing out on soccer. All those little leaguers will never know if soccer is really their game because their playing baseball. boo hoo.
c'mon this is silly.
That's an unfounded fear. Athletic kids will play multiple sports. I played 3 different ones on an organized level and at least 2 more on an unorganized (sandlot) basis.
Who cares? Soccer sucks. Having said that, Google's home page is kind of funny today...
I might look at it that way if I was a New World Order commie socialist. But, I'm not.
The summer sport of Americans is baseball.
Interesting. I attribute the intense dislike for soccer to a general backlash against the incessant squealing by liberals, demanding America to like soccer.
I'm sure a lot of the dislike for soccer is because of how the Euro-trash worshipping section of liberalism always says America's lack of fondness for the sport is an intense character flaw (interesting these are the same people who tend to decry ALL American sports watching and probably never watch soccer either). But the blind slamming of a sport just because it's being discussed is not unique to soccer, some folks just have to share their taste no matter what.
Dislike for soccer here is just part of the ignorant eurobashing.
Click on any thread about Airbus and you will see what I mean.
Soccer is great!
Oh, the 'excitement' that is MLS soccer!
It's like watching a wolf lope behind the weakest moose in the heard. Yeah, someone's likely to win, but damn it takes too long for too little action.
Actually, Drew Carey, a pretty conservative/libertarian is a huge soccer fan, and he has a tv series on now about world cup and his travels with the US team.
Equating soccer to liberalism is just stupid, and typically xenophobic.
Sports is anathema to liberalism. This love for soccer is more fake than Pam Anderson's DDs.
They still might become tomorrow's baseball players, most athletic kids play multiple sports, and a lot of highly successful athletes recommend to parents to have their kids play multiple sport to prevent burnout and to expand their overall athleticism. Wayne Gretzky says a lot of his success in hockey is because of the amount of time he spent playing lacrosse, caused him to view the game differently and handle his stick differently. And really who cares which sport they grow up to play if they grow up to play any at all, isn't the important part that they have a long, productive, healthy, fulfilling life; the youth of today does have a purpose for later other than providing sports fans with entertainment.
Yeah, and baseball is just nonstop beehive of activity!
Soccer is a strategy game, each goal is exponentially important, and the players are true athletes. I'd like to see an NFL player run nonstop for 45 minutes.
Goes back to backlash. We don't like Euro because they became all socialist. If they were ore like the way they were in Post WWII, we'll hate them aa lot less. Unfortunately, the communist rot is deep.
Tell it to the liberals. They love it because its "global", "European", gentlemanly, elegant, blah blah blah.
Their love for soccer is equivalent to the Last Lady's claim that she was always a Yankees fan.
Since libs wrap themselves so tightly on the altar of soccer, I'm not surpriesed to see FReepers hit back as hard against soccer.
I am a dual citizen with Ireland, hardly a socialist nation.
Assigning a political philosophy to a sport is just lazy thinking. 192 countries vied to get into the World Cup.
I don't think it's equating soccer to liberalism, I think it's equating a certain type of "liking" soccer (which really doesn't involve being a fan of the sport so much as using it to bash America) with liberalism. And within that context it's accurate, every World Cup the sports world gets filled with columns by well documented liberal sports writers talking about how stupid Americans are for not liking the sport, not that they actually watch the sport of course they just want America to know that not liking it is stupid.
Yep, liberals don't like the merit based world of clearly defined winners and losers, people's feelings get hurt you know ;)
BTW, Dubya is pretty interested in soccer too. :)
Well, I'm conservative and I love it, its a great game.
Better than Steroid baseball, where nothing, absolutely nothing of any kind happens during the majority of the game.
Spend a few weeks in Argentina or Africa or E.Europe, you will get a better appreciation for soccer.
I'm not a big soccer fan, but I really enjoyed the British movie "Football Factory" and the Czeck film "Ups and downs". Hooliganism at it's best. Sparta Prague, Sparta Prague, oye oye oye.
Happens. Its human nature to over generalized and shove things into categories even if the category is "circular hole" and the object is "square peg".
"I'd like to see an NFL player run nonstop for 45 minutes."
Jim Fixx was an awesome football player....
Ditto. I'm not athletic or sporty in general but I do like to play sports if given the opportunity or inclination. Soccer is huge in Thailand. And although I'm never much of a soccer fan, Man U is still the most kicka$$ team around. :)
You would have about 8 dead Defensive Ends per NFL game if you made those pigs run.
Same goes for rugby, great game, much more athletic than NFL.
I know Thailand quite well, been there a lot, including a full month last year.
One of my favorite places in the world. If you get a chance, shoot up to Vietnam, another wonderful place.
Thais will never excel in soccer, they are too small.
Seriously, the NFL is worried that what happened to baseball -- youth turning to play soccer in the spring instead of baseball, growing into adults that don't watch professional baseball nor buy tickets -- will happen to football next, if fall soccer encrouches.
NFL, NFL Players Association put up $2.5M four years ago to start USA Football, a non-profit to promote/support amatuer football in America. Check out their web site, usafootball.com
My worry is that as high schools get bigger in terms of student body population, and as America continues to urbanize, fewer boys will every learn to knock the crap out of each other and keep going. Football unfortunately is becoming a sport of behemoths, discouraging young men from playing a phyically adverse game that involves hard contact. Maybe lacrosse will become our next teen national physical contact sport and save our national manhood -- soccer sure as hell won't.
I'll grant you soccer is a sport, and is physically demanding, but it does not involve near-fighting conditions, complete with hitting, intentional physical and physcological intimidation -- and bell-ringing and bloodletting.
We need men that can fight, not dance around a ball.
Poland shots on Goal 1st half: 0
Yeah, but no one gets hurt in baseball unless there is a fight, and NFL guys are weenies compared to Rugby players.
Nothing happens in baseball, hell, the players either sit on their asses half the game, or stand still in a field for the other half. Occasionally, they hit then run,but then they just stand there, waiting. No thanks........
Soccer's grace is that anyone can play it, nearly anywhere you have enough room and a ball. I am constantly amazed at how many freepers feel threatened by a sport, its so childish.
This is a good idea as it will keep all the fat American baseball fans, who feel it necessary to tell us how much they hate soccer, off the World Cup threads.
I've coaches kids' teams and am formerly a FIFA level 8 qualified referee (my payback for having had kids play in youth leagues).
I'll even watch the World Cup.
But soccer is and never will be a game that captures the American psyche, unless we become a nation of Alan Alda's (God forbid).
Rugby maybe -- that's a pretty good blood-and-guts game, although simple in it's execution. Seemingly little strategic development to it.
Ta-da, and enjoy the Cup!
Or the ultimate fake "sport" NASCAR.
Bunch of goobs watching a car go around in circles for 4 hours, wow, what athleticism.
They feel threatened by a few Mexicans "invading" their borders so it is hardly surprising.
"And I officiate youth and high school football. "There are rules in life son. There are rules in football too. And if I catch you, there are penalites for breaking those rules. And yes, the guy across the line from you will bust you in the nose if you let him. You might want to hit him first. Now shut up and play ball!"
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